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Poll Results: In light of EK's nickel failure, will you buy their blocks?

 
  • 39% (230)
    Yes, continue or consider using their blocks (copper or nickel)
  • 60% (354)
    No, I will look into other manufacturers.
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My block is a bit older but just put into use under a month ago (block is closer to a year and 3 months old). Based on what this report says, looks like I'll be tearing down my brand new loop
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Originally Posted by nuttcase21 View Post
There are thousands of people that are waiting on the test reports that EK is going to release shortly, but you have to leave room for skepticism from people if they don't release both versions, I hope EK understands that. Secondly, people need to accept the fact that EK isn't going to set themselves ablaze and say it was 100% their fault and give everyone refunds or replacements, afterall they are a global company that manufactures parts for a very small, niche market and probably couldn't afford to take a complete loss. I would be shocked if they fell on their swords and claimed full responsibility. That being said, I'm taking matters into my own hands and gonna chemically strip the nickel off of my new classified 4 full cover block. If you search the web you can find simple solutions that will remove the nickel without pitting the copper underneath. I found an article that says to submerge the plated block in acetone for 2 hours and then scrub the remaining bits off with a toothbrush. Will it work? I'm gonna find out soon enough and I'll post my results here when I get done, so wish me luck!
Interesting ideas for post-"Nickel-gate" with no rma.
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I've been doing some reading, any thoughts on MetalX B-929???
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Caswell Inc. distributes three MetalX Nickel Strippers:

* MetalX B-9 strips nickel from steel, without etching the base metal.
* MetalX B-929 strips nickel from copper, brass, zinc diecast, pot metal, silver and gold, without etching the base metal.
* MetalX B-913 strips nickel from aluminum, without etching the base metal.

MetalX strippers will strip nickel at the rate of 2 mils per hour, and will strip 2.5-6 ounces of nickel per gallon of stripper solution. Electroless nickel will strip at the same rate, providing the phosphorous content does not exceed 5%. Higher phosphorous electroless nickel will take longer to strip.

* 2.5 lbs of MetalX stripper makes 1 gallon of stripping solution.
* Use plastic, unlined steel or stainless steel tanks
* Agitation is required during stripping
* Stripping tank must operate between 120°F-150°F. To prolong bath life, heating should be discontinued immediately after stripping is complete.
* Stainless steel or titanium heaters must be used. No quartz or ceramic heaters.
* Instruction sheet will be provided with purchase.
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post #465 of 1650
It's gonna take 5 minutes to strip my quadfire blocks? Oh bath, yer gonna need a tub for that.
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it is true that there are more ways to nickel plate the metal, and I can assure we haven't checked that in the first place.
But when something is eating nickel off the copper then it's not the nickel, it's something in the coolant. And we intend to prove that sooner or later

If this is a truely what eddy has said I'd really worry about that report
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Well, I decided to break down my computer and surprise, surprise, the RMA block EK sent back in March is showing signs of nickel failure. Same spots in the middle where the liquid collects and on the fins for the core you can see exposed copper. I'm taking lots of pics and I'll be pulling my cpu, mb, and ram blocks out for more pics too.
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I wonder over the months this has gone on how much money in sells EK has lost and on future sells
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Pulled an all nighter breaking down the rig, only thing I didn't pull was the mb block since that requires complete mb removal. Last pic of the mb block shows evidence of nickel failure. Btw, any one interested in my fermis they'll be up for sale shortly, they're back on the stock cooler, pm if you are interested.




















Edited by wermad - 6/1/11 at 12:53pm
post #470 of 1650
This situation is getting out of hand. As more and more people are bringing their issues to light, EK is shrugging them off.

I have read through TONS of forum posts (both here on OCN and other places around the web) and EK is still skirting around the issue.

It's a shame not only because EK has been around for some time, but they have some of the best looking and performing blocks out there. I REALLY wanted to buy their products, but after seeing the amount of BS that's been thrown out by EK about what CUSTOMERS are doing to the blocks to make them degrade, I'm afraid I will not be purchasing EK products now, nor in the future.

As an example, look at FrozenQ. He has had issues with some of his reservoirs and other items. He's replacing those affected items, FOR FREE. He did his investigation into the problem, found it was a materials issue and is issuing free replacements to his customers. I can bet EK has WAY deeper pockets than FQ, so why is FQ being stand-up and doing the right thing and EK is not?

EK needs to admit the problem is theirs, and theirs alone and get their customers taken care of, or they'll no longer have customers.
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